Mona Alami

  • Alami on the Structure and Organization of ISIS in Syria

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mona Alami writes for Asharq Al-Awsat on the situation for and structure of ISIS in Syria, demonstrating that the organization is facing increased pressure despite its gains:

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  • Alami on ISIS in Lebanon

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mona Alami writes for L’Hebdo Magazine on the resurgence of ISIS activity in the Ayn al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon: 

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  • Alami on ISIS and Turkish Attacks

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mona Alami writes for Asharq Al-Awsat on ISIS efforts to take advantage of Russian air strikes on the Syrian opposition and Turkish attacks on Kurdish forces: 

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  • Alami on the Attack on Aleppo

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mona Alami writes for Al-Monitor on the battle for Aleppo and its implications for the Syrian government and military:

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  • Russia’s Attacks in Syria May Only Create More Jihadists

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has labeled his entry into the Syrian conflict, following a rapid military buildup in the Latakia region, as a war on terror. Yet Russia’s very first airstrikes in Syria targeted areas where the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) had no known presence—regions occupied by the mainstream opposition, which the United States supports.
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  • Syria: The Right Salafis Can Make All the Difference

    Salafi groups in Western media have triggered a debate over the jihadists’ role in the Syria war. The proliferation of terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) has left the West wary of the Salafis, a narrative used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to promote himself as a counterweight to the spread of extremism—an expansive label lumping together secular rebels and Salafi factions.
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  • ISIS Attempts to Shake the Gulf

    Another suicide bombing has shaken the Gulf region, as young Saudi Abdallah Fahd Abdallah Rashid blew himself up at a checkpoint in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on July 16. Rashid conducted the bombing just after killing his uncle, a colonel with the Saudi Ministry of Interior.
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  • The Cult of ISIS and Foreign Recruits

    Analysts have described the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) as the most powerful terrorist organization of this decade. However, few have discussed the shared characteristics between the extremist nebula and modern cults, particularly regarding the recruitments of westerners and fresh converts.
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  • The State of the Islamic State

    The Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) has upped this ante this month, conducting a series of attacks in a number of Arab countries. While the operations in Syria, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen pursue the organization’s goal of destabilizing the region, the ISIS escalation also means to display its strength for its supporters.
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  • ISIS Recruitment Tactics Stumble

    As the pressure on the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) mounts against the backdrop of coalition attacks and a Kurdish offensive in Syria’s Raqqa region, militant recruitment has become a pressing matter for the radical organization, which has lost many fighters in clashes around Iraq and Syria.
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